Keep the Green in Our Community: Think Local First

March 13, 2016 8:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Looking for a night out, a perfect gift or some other product or service? Please, think local first!

Think local first and keep the green in our community!

This means, make locally owned businesses your first choice.  Check to see if they carry the product or service you're looking for.

Search our Online Buy Local Directory

If they don't carry what you're looking for, ask if they can add or order what you want. The turnaround is sometimes impressive!

And if there's a price difference, consider the value that independents bring to our community: Top Reasons to Buy Local, Eat Local, Go Local


Top Reasons to Buy Local, Eat Local, Go Local (with documentation to back them!) By choosing local and independent businesses for your services, shopping, dining and other needs, you not only enjoy a more distinctive and personal experience, you’re helping: BUILD COMMUNITY! The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses and the public spaces around them build relationships and community cohesiveness. (source 1, source 5) They’re the ultimate social networking sites! STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY! Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money (source 2) to your local economy than one spent at a chain (almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on. AMIBA_posterconcepts-final Click to see all four poster designs SHAPE OUR CHARACTER! Independent businesses help give your community its distinct personality. CREATE A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT! Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution. (source 3) More on this topic: Buying Green Means Buying Local. LOWER TAXES! More efficient land use and more central locations mean local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services. They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar. The bottom line: a greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower. (source 4) GET REAL VALUE FOR YOURSELF! Reader surveys by the Consumers Union repeatedly show independent businesses beating their chain competitors in overall customer satisfaction (and often save you money). CHOICES! A wide variety of independent businesses, each serving their customers’ tastes, creates greater overall choice for all of us. INCREASE WEALTH OF RESIDENTS! The multiplier effect created by spending locally generates lasting impact on the prosperity of local organizations and residents. (source 6) CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES! Not only do independent businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, they also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc., expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs. GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY! Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses. (source 5) CIWL-rotating Click image to see decals and other outreach materials. ENHANCE LOCAL DEMOCRACY! Local ownership of business means residents with roots in the community are involved in key development decisions that shape our lives and local environment. ENHANCE HEALTH OF RESIDENTS! Research shows a strong correlation between the percentage of small locally-owned firms and various indicators of personal and community health and vitality. (source 7) Note: while we provide these bullets in list form for your convenience and easy reference, scattering individual reasons throughout your materials or website is most effective. We provide several free graphics to make it easy for you to share the messages online (ask for print-resolution versions) or in print.

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